Davis: Superhero extravaganza and end of an era

While Batman vs Superman in Dawn of Justice, the Paramount Theatre in Kelowna bids adieu to showing movies this weekend.

Ben Affleck (left) is Batman and Henry Cavill is Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Ben Affleck (left) is Batman and Henry Cavill is Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has ruled the superhero movie genre with its Cinematic Universe culminating in The Avengers.

This weekend marks DC’s continued efforts to create its own blockbuster universe. While they have had hits with Superman and Batman in the past, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks to continue the success of the Man of Steel and serve as a reboot for The Dark Knight. It also serves as a vehicle to launch Wonder Woman and the Justice League movie featuring other heroes from the DC Universe.

Following the events of Man of Steel, the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs and fearing the actions of Superman (Henry Cavill) are left unchecked, Batman (Batman) takes on the last son of Krypton. However, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is up to no good and he creates an adversary that forces them to set aside their differences and, with the help of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), stop Luthor from destroying Metropolis. The impressive cast includes Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter.

It has been 14 years since My Big Fat Greek Wedding became the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time and shot Nia Vardalos into stardom. Now get ready to experience an even bigger and Greeker wedding as a Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Toula (Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are having marital problems whilst their daughter is graduating from high school, but the big bombshell is when they find out that Toula’s parents were never really married. Cue the perfect excuse to bring the family back together and have another wedding!

End of era for cinema in Kelowna

On a sadder note, this weekend is marks the final curtain call for the Paramount Theatre, but the old girl still has a few surprises in her. If you are wanting to catch the latest blockbuster as your final movie there, Batman v Superman is playing (note that regular admission prices apply).

However, there some classic choices as well, two movies from the year the Paramount opened (1949) and two from the decade that Landmark Cinemas took over operations (1987). The following movies have an admission price of $3 each, with $1 from each ticket going to Kid’s Help Phone.

From 1949 is the classic The Third Man is about pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) who travels to shadowy postwar Vienna only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). The Third Man holds key spots on both the British Film Institute’s and American Film Institute’s top 100 movies of all time.

Also from 1949 is Abbott & Costello in Africa Screams. The classic comic duo search for diamonds in Africa and along the way meet a visually-impaired gunner, a hungry lion and a tribe of cannibals.

From 1987 is Harry and the Hendersons, about a family who adopt a friendly Sasquatch after accidentally running him over on a hunting trip and must subsequently keep him safe from Bigfoot hunters.

And while Beverly Hills Cop came out in 1984, the sequel did come out in 1987. However, fans of Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley would probably prefer to see the original on the big screen one more time.

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